best 9mm for CCW

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  1. rglbegl

    rglbegl New Member

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    I am the new guy on this board, so it is time to enlist your help.

    My next pistol will be a 9mm. I need your opinions on what I should buy. It will primarily be used at the range, so decent accuracy would be nice, but it also needs to be small enough to use as a CCW.

    1. I will not spend more than $1000 on it
    2. It MUST be reliable
    3. Must be 9mm
    4. SA/DA does not matter
    5. I hate Glocks ( no offense anyone, they just arent comfortable for me )

    --With that in mind, please list your THREE favorites.--
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    How about a Springfield 1911-A1 in 9mm ?

    Or even a Browning Hi-Power ?
  3. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Shooter 45 recommended exactly what I would have.

    I have a Browning Hi-Power Practical that I have carried for several years and shot extensively with no problems and great success. My wife has recently also done so and loves it.

    We also have a Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec .45, which is also a fantastic weapon.

    I would highly recommend the Browning in 9mm if that is the calibre you wish. However, if I were to do it over, I would most likely buy it in .40 S&W.

    Great to see you on TFF and we hope you will join us often.
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  4. denfoote

    denfoote New Member

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    Let's see.
    On the big side there is the famous Browning High Power.
    Getting smaller, but right on the edge of your price range is the Walther P5.
    The smallest and a really great gun is the Kahr MK9 Elite.

    All three of these would fit your bill to a tee!! :D
  5. Whitefang81

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    best 9 mm ccw gun?
    My dads got a STI BLS in 9 mm, its a 3 inch 1911 style gun in 9mm, he shoots 3 inches at 25 yards off hand
    check out STI's website
  6. Hydra Shok

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    For my CCW tastes, it has to be lightweight and small. That's why I carry a Taurus Millennium PT-111. It's the same size as a GLock 26 and looks like a Kel-Tec P-11 to me. It's DAO with a long heavy trigger, it's not long or heavy enough to be unmanageable though. It has a saftey on the slide that can be manipulated with your thumb easily. It also has a locking mechanism on the right side of the slide that will lock the gun from firing and the slide being worked. I carry mine in a De Santis 028 E1 IWB leather holster. It was about $350 NIB. If I had the $1000 limit you are talking about, I would definately look at the Kahr line of pistols. I have never fired one but I looked at one at a gun show and was very impressed with the size, weight, and trigger. Every thing I have read in my gun magazines has also been favorable about them. My $.02 worth. :D


    Since this posting I sold my Millennium to purchase a Glock 19. It wasn't that I did not like the Millennium, it is a very nice series of pistols not to mention safe. The main reason I sold it was the grip was just a little too short in the hand and the 19 filled it up a little better since I do have large hands. Thumbs up for the Millennium and Glock 19!
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  7. kingjoey

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    How about a Makarov (with a Pearce grip, of course)? Small, super-reliable, holds 8+1, accurate, and the 9x18M cartridge is outright evil inside 25yds. Plus it doesn't overpenetrate like the 9mm Luger, which is a really important consideration if you have to use it in a public place.

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  8. BigZig

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    9mm

    My choice was the Springfield XD9. I also looked a Glocks but didn't like the "fit". When my dealer showed me this it was love at first sight. Never looked back.
  9. IShootBack

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    Why stick with only 9mm??

    Many other excellent choices in other calibers ya know.

    ISB
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    Hi
    I like smaller pistols size wise for carry.
    Small thin pistols are .380 Bersa Thunder,
    9 mm S&W 6909
    Walther PP .32
  11. IShootBack

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    There Ya go, talking about calibers OTHER than what you originally said you were going to buy.

    As I said many other VG choices.

    How about a nice revolver with 2" barrel???

    They conceal nicely.

    Are affordable.

    Come in respectable self defense calibers.

    Easy to maintain.

    Learning to use is simple.

    MY $.02

    ISB
  12. Marlin

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    I have always carried a larger weapon and still prefer, if it is a 9mm, my Borwning Hi-Power.

    Like the fire power of the .45 better, though, and carry a full size 1911, instead, with a model 60 on the ankle for a back-up!
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    As a ccw pistol, the Browning is a poor choice, if you are smaller than Shaq, since the pistol is larger than most; It can be done, but you are really working uphill, here.
    The Kahr MK9 Elite is a neat little piece, but has no "second strike" capability, and is somewhat heavier than I would choose to carry, 24/7. Just the same, my MK9, a pre-production, dealers sample gun, has been absolutely reliable, and very (2"/ 25yds) accurate, which is darned hard to fault.
    If the caliber is writ in stone, a Smith & Wesson 949, the little 5 shot, airweight, 9mm revolver( Hammerless) would be hard to beat! It's less than half the weight of the Kahr, a third the bulk of the Browning, and if you can't get it done with 5, you can't improve with hardware; practice is the only answer.
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    My choice is the Sig P239 - top in this picture. Very accurate , reliable , lightweight , easily concealed , very good trigger in both double and single action. Very simple takedown. Feels much better with Hogue grips.

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  15. Remington597

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    I agree with hydrashock. The Taurus Millenium and the Kel Tec P11 are excellent choices.
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    Kel tec isnt legal in Kalifornia.
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    Every responsible citizen should in conjunction with Kel Tec CNC Inc and the NRA, sue the state of California for perverting the Constitution and committing treason against the Republic. Every member of the California legislature who voted against the God given right of responsible Californians to defend themselves with the superb firearms manufactured by Kel Tec, should be immediatly tried for treason. Anything less would be a victory for Global Bolshevism and their overt goal of our enslavement.
    Kel Tec manufactures highly reliable firearms of which several are highly concealable and very practicle for the defense of individuals against criminal hooligans. To punish citizens and also to impede Kel Tec's right to interstate commerce as prescribed by the Constitution is a gross act of thievery against Kel Tec. Therefore an independant patriotic CPA firm is to calculate and project the estimated losses suffered by Kel Tec in a state with a population of 27,000,000. After said statistical financial losses are calculated, The Supreme Court is to levy a judgement against the California treasury for said amount and transfer it to the accounts of Kel Tec CNC Inc, plus 25% in punitive damages should be paid to Kel Tec. Furthermore, Kel Tec is to be paid 20% of said losses in advertising money and posters to California gun shops, plus a written appology from the California legislature, signed by every socialist member who perverted the Constitution. Anything less than the above mentioned would be our enslavement.
  18. rglbegl

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    I like it, we do need to have the firearms manufacturers bringing lawsuit against the state instead of the other way around. I had a local police officer at the range with me let me shoot his keltec 9mm. It was small, but manageable. I liked it, I shot well with it, but I am just not allowed to own it.
    I did however get in under the grandfather clause on my Walther P22. Yep!!! The P22 is an illegal weapon here in Kali now. Let me say that again - The Walther, made in America, RIMFIRE is an illegal weapon here on the west coast.
    I guess they figure all we care about here is; like dude you know, like yo man like dude, the waves are killer today. I wonder when they will ban surfing?

    --Beagle
  19. JohnK3

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    How about we sue George Soros for illegally attempting to restrict trade, harass law-abiding citizens with frivolous lawsuits, etc.?

    This is the "gentleman" that is financing the majority of these gun-grabbing harassment suits against manufacturers. It is his deep pockets that keep The Brady Campaign and the rest of the anti-rights groups in business. As such, he is personally responsible for the rising cost in guns, magazines and other accessories.

    Follow the money and hit the source. Hurt them where it hurts the most: The wallet. Deny them the funds to harass law-abiding citizens.
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    Yup! This fella is a piece a'sheet!...:mad:
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